If you had looked away from your TV seconds after the referee blew his whistle to signal the start of the Tottenham Vs Man United match, you would have missed the goal, such was the intent with which SPurs began.
A goal inside just 10 seconds by Christian Eriksen quickly put Tottenham on the front foot and served to provide a blueprint for the rest of the match. Manchester United needed 3 points here to put pressure on runaway league leaders, Manchester City but instead, they were second best throughout a match where Spurs looked organised and efficient.
Alexis Sanchez made his first league start but looked out of sorts; in fairness, United’s stars could not seem to muster the kind of performance required to overturn the deficit. There were two half chances in which Lukaku could have grabbed the equalizer but was twice denied by the goalkeeper.
Spurs were able to double their lead in the 28th minute when Phil Jones who had been struggling throughout the match had the misfortune of turning the ball into his own net. United were lucky to go in with just a two goal deficit when the referee waved play on for a foul on Dele Alli by Valencia.
Replays clearly showed that it was the wrong decision but it was respite for a team that needed to bring in Fellaini and take him off just minutes later. In the end, it was Spurs who had done just about everything right and Mourinho will have to go back to the drawing board again.